Tuesday, June 6th 2017

Intel Rushes in a Six-core Mainstream Desktop Processor by September

With AMD Ryzen 5 six-core and Ryzen 7 eight-core chips having blunt the edge of the $329 Core i7-7700K, the upper-end of Intel's mainstream desktop processor line-up has lost competitiveness to Intel's bean-counters. The company is readying a new mainstream-desktop platform, which in all likelihood, heralds a new socket, and the new Z370 Express chipset.

Intel plans to launch this platform by August-September (before Q4 sets in), and it has one big difference - a new six-core part, based on the 8th generation Core "Coffee Lake" silicon. Built on a refined 14 nm process, the 6-core "Coffee Lake" chip could feature its TDP rating around the 95W mark for the "K" (multiplier unlocked) part. Quad-core parts could also be carved out of this silicon, with their TDP rated at 65W for the non-K (multiplier-locked) parts. AMD Ryzen 7 1700 eight-core chip with unlocked multipler is rated at 65W. Intel will follow up on its first-wave of "Coffee Lake" chips with additional quad-core and dual-core parts in Q1-2018, besides other 300-series chipsets (likely the H370 and B350).

Source: Reddit user Zakman
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68 Comments on Intel Rushes in a Six-core Mainstream Desktop Processor by September

#2
ensabrenoir
.....I'm just waiting to see who gets fired for this kerfuffle. Intel needs a new Sandy bridge level of jump in performance....Until then it's just ....Meh.
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#3
Supercrit
Just how many chips meant for Xeon repackaged into mainstream cpu?
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#4
Melvis
Z370, H370 and B350, really? :roll:
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#5
ZeroFM
5820K/6800K ? Just rename and cut pcie lanes ...
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#6
gmn 17
Does it run on coffee like humans?
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#7
9700 Pro
gmn 17 said:
Does it run on coffee like humans?
I'd rather have Beer Lake then. :toast:
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#8
sutyi
Melvis said:
Z370, H370 and B350, really? :roll:
Just Intel being Intel...

LGA1151V2, cause you know... why not? Might as well done a LGA1152 at this point, as nobody will pick up a 300 series board with a 6000 or 7000 series processor IF they are backwards compatible at all.
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#9
gmn 17
9700 Pro said:
I'd rather have Beer Lake then. :toast:
I hear you :toast:
New socket, open up your pocket
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#10
GoldenX
Rejoice Intel fanboys, for AMD has brought change and competition after so many years in the dark.

Next step is Intel finally giving good heatsinks.
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#11
Chaitanya
Intel is desperate, while hedt lineup is screwed up and now trying to scramble on mainstream as well.
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#12
mcborge
Looks like intel got caught on the hop.
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#13
Captain_Tom
It's funny I just read a rumor that said a leak said the opposite - Coffee Lake is delayed and HEDT will be THE platform from Intel for 2017.
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#14
bistrocrat
intel just dumping irellevant products they had ready in the drawer - thx for AMD these products will get dumped in market in next 6 months after RyZen - not in next 3 years -as intel was planning.
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#15
meirb111
don't expect it to be priced like an i5 ,its just going to be priced above i5.
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#16
Captain_Tom
meirb111 said:
don't expect it to be priced like an i5 ,its just going to be priced above i5.
What's really funny is that it actually costs Intel MORE per 4 cores to produce a CPU. AMD's die size is smaller and on a cheaper process with better yield rates.

There's only so much lower Intel can lower prices before they just have to give up marketshare.
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Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
GoldenX said:
Rejoice Intel fanboys, for AMD has brought change and competition after so many years in the dark.

Next step is Intel finally giving good heatsinks.
Every Intel coolee I've used for the past seven years have been adequate and pretty silent.
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#18
Captain_Tom
Frick said:
Every Intel coolee I've used for the past seven years have been adequate and pretty silent.
Haha ok buddy.


Look I can't say I would complain about them, but let's not pretend they were silent. I just built a Ryzen system with a 1600 and it's bundled cooler was truly nicer than a $30 air cooler.
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#19
ratirt
Oh my. New socket again. Intel is a socket designer not CPU designer. We know how many CPU's Intel released and yet I think they are doing way better in the chipset department. Pulling those sockets out of sleeves like magician rabbits form the hat.
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#20
OB-Araim
Mmmmm so that's what Ryzen done to them.. now Intel look so stupid :kookoo:
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#21
ratirt
OB-Araim said:
Mmmmm so that's what Ryzen done to them.. now Intel look so stupid :kookoo:
Well they have the brand. Maybe they are hoping that people would still go Intel cause of that.
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#22
Octopuss
New socket AGAIN? WTF is this? Seriously. Give us a break.
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#23
ratirt
Octopuss said:
New socket AGAIN? WTF is this? Seriously. Give us a break.
yeah it is. It's time to kiss Intel good bye and go for something else like Ryzen. or wait for the ryzen+ or 2 whatever it will be.
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#24
Kal-EL
How many less pcie lanes on coffelake?
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#25
Prima.Vera
ensabrenoir said:
Intel needs a new Sandy bridge level of jump in performance....Until then it's just ....Meh.
There are a lot of tech forums regarding CPU designs out there, on where people are talking that the x86 architecture is near of its end of life. The x86 is an 40 years old Ancient architecture which should be replaced soon with something better, and I'm not talking of ARM. Some new architecture and new instruction sets needs to be invented, otherwise they will just keep add transistors to increase the performance but the miniaturization is coming to and end....
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